Christian Apologetics Concentration

Degree in Biblical Studies (MABS)

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Why Earn a Master’s Degree in Christian Apologetics through Capital Seminary & Graduate School?

Defend the Faith

If you want to grow in your ability to more accurately understand the Bible and defend your faith, our Christian apologetics program is for you.

God’s people are called to love him with all their minds, in addition to their hearts and strength. With the increasing pluralism and antagonism to Christianity, believers must be prepared to give a defense for their hope. That’s why Lancaster Bible College is proud to offer a master’s degree in apologetics. This concentration prepares students to think critically about the various religious and non-religious belief systems that challenge the truth of Christianity. It equips them to effectively engage any person or thought-system with the truth of the Christian faith. This is a benefit to the church and the cause of Christ as a whole.

What Makes our Program Different?

The program is delivered in a blended and accelerated model that allows life-engaged adult learners to complete an advanced degree without uprooting life at home and work. Students participate in a learning community that blends online education with in-class residencies. A typical course is 7 weeks in length and is comprised of 6 weeks of online work and two days of residency. Additionally, because of our partnership with Faithlife, we are able to provide you with a Logos Bible Software package worth over $4,000 for a fraction of the cost, and already built into the cost of M.A.B.S., M.A.M., and M.Div. programs. Capital is committed to equipping students with the skill-set needed for successful ministry in the 21st century. We believe this includes taking full advantage of the technologies that are relevant and applicable to their context. The Capital Logos Package combines a custom-designed library of exegetical resources and the powerful tools of Logos Bible Software. This combination will aid our students in being faithful to the Biblical text as they navigate the demands of life and ministry. Additionally, you can:

  • Earn your degree from a college that the Wall Street Journal ranked 3rd in the nation for career preparation.
  • Study at an accredited Bible college.
  • Learn from experienced and caring faculty who actively serve in ministry.

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Your Journey

Program Credits: 48


Locations: Lancaster, Washington DC,


Average Completion Time: 1 ½ – 2 years

Cost Per Credit: $535

Residency: 2 day residency for every 6-week blended course

Capstone Option: Research project, 2 additional elective course OR field-based experiences


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“All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness…” – 2 Timothy 3:16–17

In This Program, Students Will Develop…

  • A foundational knowledge of the narrative, content, and interpretation of the Bible for the purposes of the development of a biblical worldview.
  • The skill sets necessary in effectively communicating the Scriptures.
  • The skills necessary in the process of personal spiritual formation and discipleship of others.
  • The character and competencies necessary to be an authentic servant leader.
  • The skills necessary to study the Bible using the tools of biblical interpretation and language study.
  • Experiential learning and research skills for maintaining life-long education.

CURRICULUM PLAN

MABS in Christian Apologetics (48 Credits)

Biblical and Theological Studies:12 Credits
Ministry Praxis:6 Credits
Biblical Languages: 12 Credits
Concentration Courses:  12 Credits
Open Electives:6 Credits

View the CATALOG for the complete curriculum plan, course descriptions, and further detail about this program.

Hear from a Student: Master's

Doug Logan.

“I chose Capital because it was accessible, affordable, practical and theologically solid. It was a balanced, comprehensive program that fit my life. I was also learning things that I was able to apply immediately. I came out of the class on The Life & Work of the Leader and taught it to my elders within a week!”

– Doug Logan (’16)

Meet the Faculty

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Mark Farnham, Ph.D.

Professor, MABS in Christian Apologetics Program Director

“Young pastors face a far more complex world than previous generations, so be sure you get the best possible preparation for ministry.” — Dr. Farnham

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Samuel Harbin, D.Min.

Professor, Chair of Bible & Theology Department

“I want my students to deeply appreciate the importance of the gospel for every aspect of their life and ministry.” — Dr. Harbin

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Daniel Carver, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Bible & Theology

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Douglas Finkbeiner, Ph.D.

Professor and M.A.B.S. Director

“It is my great joy to know Christ and to minister His Word to others for His glory.” — Dr. Finkbeiner

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Gordon Gregory, D.Th.

Professor of Bible & Theology, Faculty Athletic Representative

“Theology is critical because God’s goal for his children is conformity to Christ and one of God’s chief means of transforming us into the image of Christ is knowledge of the truths of Scripture.” — Dr. Gregory

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Albin Huss, Ph.D.

Professor of Bible & Theology

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Victor Jacobs, Ph.D.

Professor of Bible & Theology

“I want my students to learn to fix their gaze on our Risen Savior, even as they deepen their understanding of His word.” — Dr. Jacobs

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Joe Kim, Ph.D.

Professor of Bible & Theology

“I want my students to know that learning doesn’t end in the classroom – it is where it begins.” — Dr. Kim

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Mark Meyer, Ph.D.

Professor, PhD in Biblical Studies Program Director

“I aim to see each student equipped, enlightened and strengthened for their high calling to ministry.” — Dr. Meyer

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Timothy Nicholls, Ph.D.

Professor of Bible & Theology

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Tony Shetter, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

“Biblical higher education is important for the proper handling of God’s Word.” – Dr. Shetter

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John Soden, Ph.D.

Professor of Bible & Theology

“My motivation for teaching can best be summarized by Paul’s words in Colossians 1:28 – “Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ” (ESV).  — Dr. Soden

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